Friday, October 16, 2009

deacon's feelgood pick of the week

The good people of Southern Tier, who make one of the most blessed lists of IPAs on the planet, and no seriously don't let me get distracted but if you've never had the Oak Aged Unearthly Imperial IPA, or the Gemini or Hoppe Imperial or the Iniquity or the...where was I...right, Southern Tier: on Sunday, they'll be putting on a benefit (OktoBENEfest) for the St. Susan Center. St. Susan is a soup kitchen in upstate New York that last year served 135,761 nutritional meals to the people with the hardest lots in life on this planet. They do good work, and they'll continue to do it with the support and generosity of people who like YOU who like to go to beerfests and pay $3 for awesome craft brews. And generous organizations like Southern Tier, providing beers, and NY partner Farm Fresh Foods, providing the $3 brats.

Lakewood, unfortunately for ME, is just about as far from Brooklyn as any part of New York State. I'd love to go to this though. If I were a gambling man, and ave maria but 'tis one of my sins, my money's on Southern Tier as the best craft brewery in the great state of New York.

Southern Tier highlights:

Oak Aged Unearthly Imperial IPA (9.5% ABV): Woodsy, powerfully hopped and deliciously dark DIPA. "To underestimate Oak Aged Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely," reads the label. the deacon will condone a bit of sacrilegious for this divine brew.

Pumking Imperial Pumpkin (9.0% ABV): Definitely a brew hop pumpkin candidate

Gemini Imperial Blended Ale (10.5%): A straight blend of the Hoppe and the Unearthly, two Pales on opposite ends of the ingredient spectrum. Experimentation for experimentation's sake? the deacon's down.

And this one's breakin' the rules a bit since I've never had it...but since it's only weeks from its November release, will consider this a down payment:

Old Man Winter
(7.2%): "A liquid wonderland" Old/Strong ale. What I'll be drinking next upstate ski trip.

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